2022 is set to be humanity’s busiest year in space.
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With about 200 orbital launches scheduled and ambitious missions on everything from lunar bases to the search for life in the works, there’s a lot to watch in 2022. An astronomer explains the highlights.
Grand ideas of extraterrestrial colonisation are hardly new. In the 1940s, the nascent Space Age set in motion calls for a new wave of colonisation – directed outwards into space.
Humanity as a whole owns the Solar System in a shared fashion. It cannot be claimed by one person, or one country, or one company.
This image of the Earth from a distance, known as the Blue Marble, was taken by Apollo 17 astronauts.
Photographing the full Earth from space could provide a profound and timely reminder of its vulnerability in the face of climate change.
With commercial spaceflight companies now taking older people to space, it’s timely to consider the potential physical impact space flight might have on them.
Four people – none of them trained astronauts – launched into orbit aboard a SpaceX Dragon capsule on Sept. 15, 2021.
The Inspiration4 mission sent four civilians to space for three days. Though still funded by a billionaire, the mission is a step forward in the nascent space tourism industry.
Both Jeff Bezos and Richard Branson successfully rode to space on rockets made by their private companies Blue Origin and Virgin Galactic, respectively.
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According to a new poll, people across political and demographic lines think the private space race is good for the future but still just an ego trip for the billionaires involved.
Sure, they’re billionaires, but the exploits of Richard Branson and Jeff Bezos have undeniably brought space tourism a step closer. That raises tricky legal, ethical and environmental questions.
Virgin Group founder Richard Branson launches Virgin Galactic.
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Here’s what a space tourism industry led by Bezos, Branson and Musk might mean for the planet.
Virgin Galactic’s Unity VSS spacecraft went on a suborbital test flight in May 2021.
Both Virgin Galactic and Blue Origin are sending spacecrafts – and their billionaire founders – into suborbital flight. But what differentiates a suborbital flight from a trip around Earth?
It wasn’t long after Jeff Bezos announced his plans to go to space that Sir Richard Branson joined in, setting a launch date to beat Bezos by nine days.
Astronaut Tracy Caldwell Dyson on the International Space Station with a view many more are likely to see soon.
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The first space tourist left Earth 20 years ago aboard a Russian rocket. Now, private companies like Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin are offering trips to the stars for those who can pay.
Space tourism has been slow to get off the ground.
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The first space tourist left Earth 20 years ago aboard a Russian rocket. Now, private companies are on the cusp of offering trips off Earth for those who can pay.
Cliffs in ancient ice on Mars.
Space mining might be closer than you think. But legal issues about the ownership of space resources must be urgently addressed to avoid space wars over natural resources.
Ready to take your suborbital selfie?
When it comes to commercial space tourism, suborbital flight are the first frontier. But what are the risks? Are there health requirements? What should you know before taking such a way-out trip?
A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket with the company’s Crew Dragon spacecraft onboard is raised into a vertical position on the launch pad at Launch Complex 39A.
SpaceX’s launch of astronauts to the International Space Station will make it the first private company to launch humans to space. The effort has ramifications for NASA and spaceflight in general.
A composite image of a satellite firing an energy weapon at a target on Earth.
In the space beyond Earth’s atmosphere, countries are focusing on nationalist pursuits and ignoring the consequences for the rest of humanity. How can we keep the peace and build a sustainable future?
Houston we have a surfeit.
Iridium’s latest launch brings its next-generation satellite network close to completion. But will it be put to the sword by a whole set of smaller rivals?
Jeff Bezos plans to charge US$200,000-300,000 for a trip to outer space. And it’s going to cost him an astronomical amount of money.
Private companies are increasingly challenging national space agencies in a new space race, which comes with great opportunities but also huge risks.
The only way to fly the friendly skies – or dark voids of space.
We’re on the cusp of being able to consistently launch and land rockets, greatly reducing the cost of space travel. But how long before there’s a Millennium Falcon in every garage?